By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Efforts to bring more holiday festiveness into downtown Corinth are beginning to show.
A nearly 30-foot tall Christmas tree has been installed on the lawn in front of the Alcorn County Courthouse, two Christmas trees have been put up in front of the entrance to the C.A.R.E Garden and an inflatable Santa greets people as they pass by Franklin Courtyard.
Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent said this appears to be the first time in about 20 years that a big tree has been installed in front of the courthouse.
The efforts to bring more holiday decorations downtown started this summer when a group of people got together to make plans.
Visit Corinth Executive Director Christy Burns said the goal is to get more people to enjoy the holidays downtown.
Avent agreed, adding, she wants Corinth to be a holiday “destination.”
A synthetic ice skating rink could be added to the C.A.R.E Garden in the future, and holiday lights could be put on the tops of downtown buildings.
The plan is to keep adding more decorations every year, Avent said. Now the city has its own Rockefeller Center tree, she said.
There will be more than 13,000 lights on the tree, and it will be something the community can enjoy all month long, officials said.
Pine Mountain Tree Farm provided a good deal on the large tree in front of the courthouse, ACE Power placed the tree, county workers delivered the tree and city employees helped get it off the truck. The Corinth Fire Department helped hang the lights.